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End of the Line: Glider Pilot Aerotow Manual
Mastering the aerotow is one of the more challenging tasks that the soaring newcomer must acquire.
The FARs require flight training for the following maneuvers and procedures: Launches, including normal and crosswind; Emergency procedures and equipment malfunctions; Inspection of towrope rigging and review of signals and release procedures; Aerotow procedures; Emergency operations, including towrope break procedures.
This book will help you understand and master each of these items. Well illustrated.
Author's Notes by Murray Shain:
Anyone watching a sailplane for the first time may get the impression that soaring is a carefree sport. Gliders appear to fly so freely and gracefully through the skies that much of the really intensive work sailplane pilots and crews perform is invisible to casual observers.
Mastering the aerotow is one of the more challenging tasks that the soaring newcomer must acquire. In every other category of aircraft, whether airplane, rotorcraft, lighter-than-air or powered lift, a pilot is concerned only with the handling of his or her machine. In gliders launched by aerotow, the glider pilot needs to control the glider and simultaneously pay close attention to the actions of the towpilot and towplane.
Learning to fly steadily behind a towplane may seem strange at first. But with a little concentration and practice, you'll master it, as do the many hundreds of people each year in the United States who learn to soar.
The Federal Aviation Regulations stipulate that a student pilot (in gliders) trained to launch by aerotow must receive and log flight training for the following maneuvers and procedures:
This book will help you understand and master each of these items. As you
read this book, stop occasionally, sit back, and absorb what you have just
studied. Then, re-open the book and continue. If you study this way, you will
get maximum benefit from this book. If you are a glider flight instructor, I
hope that you will find my book useful for training your students, and that you
will recommend it to them. The terms glider and sailplane are used
interchangeably in this book. Most pilots prefer the word sailplane. The FAA
uses the term glider.
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